Politics & Government
9:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

NC Pension System One Of Nation's Best Funded

Pew Center on the States
Pew Center

North Carolina is one of only four states to have funded its pension obligations over 95%. The latest report from the Pew Center on the States finds that most states are falling further behind in their contributions to public employee retirement funds.

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Business & Economy
6:10 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Power Companies Won't Meet Pig Poop Electricity Mandate

Farmer Loyd Bryant (left) with developers Tanja Vujic and Marvin Cavanaugh next to a microtubine that's generating electricity from swine waste
Asma Khalid

Back in 2007, North Carolina passed the first renewable energy mandate in the Southeast. The new rules say that by the end of this year at least three percent of all electricity needs to come from green sources. The power companies say they'll easily meet that, but they're going to come up short on two fronts. The law includes a provision for electricity from poultry waste and hog manure. The utilities say they can't meet either one of those terms.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Lawmakers Discuss Midwifery Bill

Lawmakers discussed a bill yesterday that would allow midwives who are not certified nurses to practice midwifery in the state.

Jessica Jones: Under current state law, only certified nurse midwives are allowed to deliver babies, and they must do so under a doctor's supervision. But surrounding states allow non-nurse midwives to practice. Democratic Representative Becky Carney is a sponsor of the measure.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Private Money Considered For Greensboro Schools

Education leaders in Guilford County are looking at how private donations would affect public schools.

Jeff Tiberii: A group of parents at one Greensboro Elementary School wants to go beyond the average book or bake sale. They’re hoping to raise $1.5 million for a new building. School board members are considering both sides of an issue that would likely provide some schools with more private money than others. Chairman of the board Alan Duncan:

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. House Lifts Beach Driving Restrictions

A bill that would re-open parts of Cape Hatteras to vehicles has passed the U.S. House.

Gurnal Scott: The legislation includes North Carolina congressman Walter Jones' bill lifting restrictions on access. The Federal Lands and Water Projects Bill overturns National Park Service rules keeping off-road vehicle traffic from a large part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Congressman Jones says this bill will have a positive effect on one of the state's top tourist areas.

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State of Things
11:12 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Vittles Films

http://vittles.us/

“One Man…Two Titanium Legs…100 Chickens.” That’s the tag line for a forthcoming documentary called “The Farmer Veteran Project” produced by Vittles Films. The movie centers around the story of Alex Sutton, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who was seriously injured on his final tour of duty.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Reborn on the 4th of July

www.ivpress.com

Logan Mehl-Laituri joined the military before September 11th. After the towers fell, he served in Afghanistan and Iraq doing dangerous work as a forward observer in the Army. He then joined the Air Force, and there he had a powerful religious epiphany that led him to stop serving as he had before. Mehl-Laituri is now a student at Duke Divinity School and the author of a new book “Reborn on the 4th of July” (Intervarsity Press/2012), which details his experience in the military and his ideas about spiritual faith. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the book.

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State of Things
10:44 am
Tue June 19, 2012

So Rich, So Poor

thenewpress.com

More than 20 million people in the United States are living in extreme poverty at this moment. That means that the income for a family of 4 is half below the poverty line, or $11,000. Six million people’s incomes consist only of food stamps.

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Business & Economy
6:55 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Quintiles To Open China Headquarters

Durham-based Quintiles has had a strong presence in China for 15 years. Now it is building a headquarters there to serve nearby Asian countries.

Leoneda Inge:  Quintiles is building a 14-million dollar regional headquarters in Shanghai. The bio-pharmaceutical services company that manages clinical trials already has a presence in Beijing and Hong Kong.  Phil Bridges is a spokesman for Quintiles.  He says it was time to significantly expand lab testing capabilities in China.
 

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State of Things
11:38 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Meet Adam Perlman

www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org

Duke Integrative Medicine provides holistic health care based on the best practices of traditional Western medicine as well as fundamental aspects of health like nutrition, exercise, spiritual practice, personal and professional development and environmental safety.

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